Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese footballer & striker for Real Madrid, and Lionel Messi, an Argentinean forward for Barcelona are two of the greatest footballers (soccer players) of our time. Ronaldo is the older of the two, has played in more games & scored more goals than Messi.

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d"Or for a record 4 times (2010–12, 2015) & Ronaldo won the award in 2013 & 2014. Messi was runner up in the years Ronaldo won the award, while Ronaldo was runner up in 2011 & 2012.

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Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi comparison chart
Cristiano RonaldoLionel MessiFull name Date of birth Height Place of birth Playing position Number Current club Club Appearences Club goals International appearences International goals Ballon d"Or National team Strengths Known as Weaknesses Career high Career low Trivia Senior career Club honours Individual honours Net Worth

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro Lionel Andrés Messi
5 February 1985 < Age 34> 24 June 1987 < Age 32 >
1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Forward Forward
7 10
Juventus F.C. Paris-Saint Germain (PSG)
894 778
674 672
179(Portugal) 151 (Argentina)
109 (Portugal) 76 (Argentina)
5 wins; 6 second-place; 1 third-place 7 wins; 5 second-place; 1 third-place
Portugal Argentina
Ronaldo will take on any defender with searing pace, và mesmerising footwork to boot. His ability to beat a player and whip in crosses makes him a feared opponent. The way his free-kicks swerve with pace và power is a great asset lớn his team. His ball skills are second to none, his runs from midfield are usually lethal and he is almost impossible to tackle when he gets his head down. His balance when running at tốc độ is incredible. Also his goal scoring ability is amazing.
CR7 Lionel "Leo" Messi
On occasion, he goes khổng lồ ground far too easily và sometimes tries a trick when a simple pass would do. Despite his scoring he sometimes messes up a goal scoring opportunity by doing fancy moves he is incapable of pulling off. Too often he searches for a way to lớn finish moves by himself without looking for teammates in a better position to shoot at goal. His strength can be questioned at times when trying khổng lồ finish close to lớn the net và gets pushed off the ball too easily.
Won the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, & subsequently won the FIFA Ballon d"Or. Won the FIFA Ballon d"Or 4 times in a row.
Losing lớn Greece in the final of triệu euro 2004 on home. Unable lớn perform lớn his best in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Argentina were eliminated in the quarter-finals with Messi looking on from the bench.
Cristiano"s name Ronaldo came from his father"s favourite actor, Ronald Reagan. His debut with the national team (against Hungary) was a disaster: he entered the game in the 18th minute of the second half, và 47 seconds later was sent of. Ironically he would move on lớn become one of the greatest football players of all time.
Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid FC, Juventus F.C. FC Barcelona, Paris-Saint Germain
30 34
62 101
around $400 million $600 million



Cristiano Ronaldo (L, in Red), Lionel Messi (R, in white & blue stripes) – Portugal vs. Argentina, 9th Feb 2011

Early Life

Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Madeira, in Portugal, on February 5th 1985. He began playing football at age 8, when he joined amateur youth team Andorinha. In 1995, he signed with the local club Nacional, and was then signed by Sporting CP.

Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24th 1987. He started playing football at age 5, when he joined a local club coached by his father. He moved to Newell’s Old Boys in 1995, but at age 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hooc môn deficiency. The sporting director of FC Barcelona, Carles Rexach, became aware of his talent and gave him a trial with the team, offering to lớn pay his medical bills if he moved khổng lồ Spain. He moved to Barcelona with his father & enrolled in the club’s youth academy.


Ronaldo becgan his adult career with Sporting CP in 2002. He was signed by Manchester United in 2003, after which he won the FA Cup. He is the captain of the national Portugal team và has played in the team since 2003. In 2009, he transferred to lớn Real Madrid, his current team.

Messi played in Barcelona’s junior teams between 2000 and 2003, before debuting for FC Barcelona C team on November 29th 2003. He began playing for the FC Barcelona B team on 6th March 2004. He began playing for the main Barcelona team in 2004, and has played there ever since. He has also played for the Argentinean team since 2005, & is currently their team captain.

Playing Style

Ronaldo is a fast striker who scores with his head and both feet.

Messi has a lower center of gravity than most players, allowing him khổng lồ change direction quickly và evade tackles. He uses short bursts of acceleration on the field & is predominantly a left-footed player. He plays a free attack and a playmaking role, and is known for his finishing, his pace, dribbling, vision and passing ability.

Goals scored

In his first team, Sporting CP, Ronaldo scored 3 goals. He scored 84 goals during his 6 years at Manchester United, và has scored 112 goals for Real Madrid. He has scored 35 goals for the national Portuguese team.

Messi scored 5 goals with the Barcelona C team & 6 with the Barcelona B team, before joining the main Barcelona team, where he was made 214 appearances and scored 169 goals. In the Argentinean national team, he has appeared 70 times và scored 26 goals.

Since the 2010 World Cup, Messi and Ronaldo have scored similarly overall, with Messi being responsible for 291 goals and assists in 201 games và Ronaldo being responsible for 289 goals and assists in around 220 games.


While both Messi and Ronaldo are known for scoring goals, they also frequently assist their teammates. However, Messi has more assists than Ronaldo.

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Many goals Messi & Ronaldo have scored are the stuff of legend. Nevertheless they have had their fair mô tả of misses. This is a compilation of some of them:

International Career

Messi & Ronaldo have done exceedingly well playing for Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. But their record for their national teams has been mixed. Messi is the highest scorer for Argentina with 55 goals in 113 matches, which also makes him the highest-capped player for Argentina. However, success has eluded Messi và the Argentine national team when it comes lớn victories in the World Cup or the Copa America. In fact, after a penalty shoot-out loss to lớn Chile in the năm nhâm thìn Copa America in which Messi missed a penalty shot, he announced that he would over his international career playing for Argentina.

Cristiano Ronaldo is likewise the vị trí cao nhất goalscorer & highest capped player for Portugal, with 60 goals in 130 games. But Portugal has failed khổng lồ win any world cups or UEFA European Football championships with Ronaldo on the team.



Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or in 2008, the European Golden Shoe in 2008 và 2011, & was named FIFPro Player of the Year, World Soccer Player of the Year, Onze d’Or và the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008. He was also named FWA Footballer of the Year in 2007 và 2008, and was awarded the FIFA Puskas Award in 2009.

Messi received the Ballon d’Or và FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009, và the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010, 2011 & 2012. He also won the 2010-2011 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award và was also names Onze d"Or 2009, 2011 và 2012. He was also the UEFA Champions League in top Goalscorer in 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012, and Pichichi 2010 and 2012.


Ronaldo holds the record for the most goals scored in a season for Real Madrid, the first vị trí cao nhất European league player khổng lồ reach 40 goals in a single season for two consecutive years, the fastest Real Madrid Player khổng lồ reach 100 league goals, và the first player khổng lồ ever score against every team in a single season in La Liga.

Messi is the first player khổng lồ score five goals in one UEFA Champions League match. He is the first player lớn top-score in four consecutive Champions Leagues. He mix the world record for the most goals scored in a season in 2011-12, phối the current goal scoring record in a single La Liga Season, with 50 goals, và holds the record for the most goals scored per minute in La Liga. He is the youngest Argentine khổng lồ ever play in the FIFA World Cup và the first player lớn ever score against all 19 teams consecutively in La Liga.


Ronaldo sparked controversy by comparing his contract with Manchester United to lớn slavery.

Messi was accused of racism by Royston Drenthe in 2012. Drenthe claims that Messi called him “negro” during play.

Personal Life

Ronaldo became a father on 3rd July 2010 and his son, Cristiano, is in his custody. Since the start of 2010, he has been dating the Russian mã sản phẩm Irina Shayk. He visited Indonesia to raise money for reconstruction after the 2004 earthquake và tsunami, and he has also donated money khổng lồ hospitals và to fund treatment for a young boy in Madeira. He

Messi is dating Antonella Roccuzzo. She is expecting their first child in September 2012. Messi established the Leo Messi Foundation in 2007 to support access lớn education và health care for vulnerable children. He is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

Notable Quotes

By the players

“I don"t consider myself as the best player in the world. I"m not obsessed with individual titles. I"m much more interested in being part of a team which wins trophies.” – Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits và get on with trying to win.” – Lionel Messi.

About the players

"I have nothing but praise for the boy. He is easily the best player in the world. He is better than Kaka and better than Messi. He is streets ahead of them all. His contribution as a goal threat is unbelievable. His stats are incredible. Strikes at goal, attempts on goal, raids into the penalty box, headers. It is all there. Absolutely astounding." - Sir Alex Ferguson, July 2009.

"Messi is my Maradona," - said Maradona himself, as the head coach of the Argentine national team.

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Anonymous comments (15)

June 3, 2014, 2:22am

Messi the best

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May 16, 2014, 7:56am

Ronaldo needs 10 moves to pass one player... While Messi needs 1 move to pass 10 players.. Who is the best now?? It is none other than the angel of football.. Leonel Messi we all love you..

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May 25, 2014, 6:45pm

messi is the best player of all over the world.

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March 13, 2013, 8:35pm

People"s think dat c. Ronaldo is the best but the reality is MESSI the best

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March 4, 2013, 4:38pm

messi is obviousley the best he has better finishing và skill. Messi all the way.

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June 7, 2014, 5:02pm

Messi is the best

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May 4, 2014, 10:36am

l xo luv the wonder argentine kid. . . Both r comparable & each has his way against the other. But in a real sence. . .messi is better by a step ahead. . .he moulds and makes history. That"s what matters. Not the skills on the pitch but by what u have mix as a player 4 others lớn break. That makes u far more than the rest. . ,character also speaks in futball and the Argentine wonder kid has it all. . . Wen there s any dispute bw players on d pitch. Just watch him, he walks off. That"s another advantage. He doesnt show off, got no pride. . Mehn he"s more than a player

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May 9, 2014, 9:06pm

messi is far better than ronaldo, u can see true this laliga goals messi hs score in dis season whiles ronaldo was nt injd wit the 31 gs whiles messi has score 28 gs after being back frm injry.

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March 26, 2014, 8:42am

Messi and barc "more than a club" so messi is more than Ronaldo that"s my final say

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December 8, 2013, 6:50pm

If u can"t bit them so easly join d movin train lionel messi is d best. 20th century player cr7 is a slfish player

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May 27, 2014, 2:45pm

Messi is the best

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May 17, 2014, 8:26am

.messi he is the best coz he managed khổng lồ get ahatrick against real madrid 4-3 he is well fitted, he does not fall down everywhere on the pitch he does not get cards everywhere!!!! Thinck of it if u hv live brain!!!!!

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January 11, 2014, 4:27am

messi is an incredible, talented, remarkable, nevatiring, enthusiastic, fabulous n complete playmaker n finisher, he does not only dazzle n dribbles he aims
d net - (Wat of C.boy, abegi 4get domain authority taunting, proud n arrongant brat who is fighting ova wat he cannot touch, i hail o Merciless Mesmirising Messi :-D

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June 13, 2014, 10:25am


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May 17, 2014, 8:07am

ilov u leo messi!!!!!! He is the best 4ever let us congratulate him without jelousy